Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 25  Nov 2019

From the Secretary
Monday's meeting was both a sad and a happy occasion.  We all took a minute to remember our Rotary colleague Jack Davidson who passed away last week and we also spent that time to contemplate how he touched our lives and his deeds within the Rotary family. He will be missed.   
The meeting was also used to conduct the Annual General Meeting which saw a number of positions open to nominations and people eager to stay in existing roles or change roles.   We also were encouraged by a couple of our newer members wanting to be assistants to some of our director roles.   This is a very positive outcome that will enable the club to move forward and serve the Rotary cause.  
Our President elect Maureen also thanked those who put their hands up for the various roles and how she was looking to work with her new team. The AGM sees the following people in designated roles whilst Charlie Hommelhoff will retain the role of Sergeant at Arms.
President Nominee - Danny Civitico
Vice President      - Frank Landells
Secretary            - Danny Civitico
Treasurer            -  Maureen Maunders
Bronwyn Fanning  -    Youth
Leon Mancini       -    Club Service and Membership/Marketing
Ray Lipscombe    -     International
Bryan Goodwin    -     Vocational
Margaret O'Neill   -     Community Service
Charlie Hommelhoff  - Foundation 
Yours in Rotary
Danny Civitico - Secretary
Vale - Jack Davidson
On Thursday the 14th of November this year, club stalwart Jack Davidson passed away after an illness.  Jack was a highly respected and valuable member of the Altona City Rotary Club over his 26 years as a Rotarian,  His personal achievements are recognised through a Paul Harris Fellowship and as a Director of Community Services within the club.  
One of Jack's passions was to restore old bicycles that he collected or were donated to him and through hard work, repair them.  They would then be donated to the Salvation Army to find new owners.  In all, approximately 60 bicycles were restored by Jack and found a new life with new owners.  The club extends its deepest condolences and support to Jack's wife Jan, family and friends. 
We will miss you Jack,
Dear all, a reminder for the upcoming 2020 District Conference.
Have your members registered for the District Conference yet?
Please promote this in your Clubs over the next 2 weeks to ensure people take advantage of the early bird discount.  The price is only $300 which rises to $350 at the end of November.
It will be a fantastic weekend filled with interesting guest speakers and a chance to network.  You can also enjoy the hospitality of Bendigo and spend time in this wonderful regional centre.
So what are you waiting for?  IT IS TIME TO:   
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The Rotary International Convention is something all members should experience. This year’s convention in Honolulu promises you the chance to make connections, find inspiration, and experience fun in paradise.

Whether you’re looking for a new Rotary adventure, innovative ideas from our global speakers, or just time to connect with old — and new — friends, our convention offers something for everyone. Experience the unique Hawaiian culture at the host committee’s Hawaiian concert, let engaging presentations inspire you to create change in your community, and explore fresh opportunities for making a positive difference in the House of Friendship.

Register today and use our promotional materials to encourage more people of action to attend.


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Feedback on the recent Rotary Teachers Award by the Mayor of Hobsons Bay - Cr Jonathon Marsden
"Rotary Clubs in Hobsons Bay have a long history of supporting the local community and we are blessed with several clubs that truly make a difference. Council is proud to to have a strong relationship with Rotary. From partnering on sporting events and children's program to working together on environmental projects - Rotary is a powerful force for good in our community.   We congratulate the wonderful teachers who are shaping the minds of our future and look forward to working together with Rotary to strengthen and benefit Hobsons Bay."
Mayor Jonathon Marsden with award recipients of the Altona City Rotary Club Teacher Awards 2019
A Special Announcement from the District Governor, Grant Hocking
Hello Rotarians
Here’s cheers to a great “Let it Pour” campaign to help our drought stricken country cousins with this year’s National Rotary Drought Appeal. 
This link takes you to ”The Rotary Clubs of Australia 2019 National Drought Appeal” GNBC Let It Pour Fundraiser website - now LIVE! 
Our President Ray discussed the For a Meal Project that we would be involved in.   If you follow the link below it will take you to a video and other information about this initiative. 
Regards Secretary
Danny Civitico
Three Wise Monkeys?
Some of our members at a recent information night at Bunnings.  
Clearly, they took a lot in!!!
Fantastic News today from RI- Rotary People of of Action -Connectors Beyond Borders
D9800 nominee Lucienne Heyworth is one of 6 inspirational people honoured for their work with refugees.
Lucienne was a D9800 sponsored Rotary Peace Fellow (Uppsala University, 2015-17) and will attend the Rotary Day at the UN Headquarters New York.
A happy day for Rotary District 9800 and congratulations to Lucienne.
Read more via the link.
Thanks to the great team of Rob Helme, Bob Fels, Murray Verso and Dennis Shore for recommending Lucienne. Special thanks to Dennis Shore for brilliant support in completing the application.



Grant Hocking ASM (Melissa)

Are you hosting a World Polio Day event in your community?
Tell us about it!

Every year, on 24 October, we celebrate our progress toward eradicating polio. Clubs around the world raise awareness in their communities and spread the word that the fight to end polio is not over.

Here are some Rotary clubs that already registered their World Polio Day events:
  • In Italy, the Rotary clubs in Reggio Calabria organized a concert at Mediterranean University to raise funds for PolioPlus.
  • In Honduras, the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula held a breakfast with local media to publicize Rotary’s progress toward ending polio.
  • In Hong Kong, the Rotary Club of Channel Islands is using social media to spread the word about World Polio Day.
Download the World Polio Day planning resources to help you organize your club’s event. 
Message from Michel K McGovern - International Polio Plus Chair
My fellow Rotarians:

I’m pleased to share the important news that as of today, 21 August 2019, it has been three years since a child in Nigeria was paralyzed by the wild poliovirus. This means that the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region could be certified as wild poliovirus-free as soon as mid-2020.

Along with our Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners and the Nigerian government, we’ve strengthened immunization and disease detection systems, and we are now reaching more children than ever in some of the hardest-to-reach places in Nigeria.

We can take pride in this progress, but it is not time to celebrate quite yet. We still have work to do and we must continue making it a priority to reach every child in Nigeria—and other polio-threatened countries—with the polio vaccine, and build strong levels of immunity to fully protect the entire population against polio.

In part because of the hard work and dedication of Rotarians in Nigeria and around the world, we will soon be able to check another country off of the polio-endemic list. Rotary members in Nigeria have been hard at work raising awareness for polio eradication, advocating with the government and addressing other basic health needs to complement polio eradication efforts, like providing clean water to vulnerable communities.

After the African region is certified wild poliovirus-free later next year, 5 out of the 6 WHO regions in the world will be considered polio-free. As the first organization to dream of – and promise to deliver – a polio-free world, Rotary is committed to fulfilling our promise. Our progress in Nigeria is a big step toward that goal, but we need to maintain momentum so that Pakistan and Afghanistan see the same level of progress.

It’s crucial that Rotarians continue to support polio eradication as we overcome the final hurdles in the fight to end the disease forever. You can support PolioPlus by making a
donation, or raise awareness by holding an event or fundraiser on World Polio Day on 24 October.

I look forward to joining with Rotarians as soon as mid-2020 to celebrate a wild poliovirus-free Africa.

Michael K. McGovern, International PolioPlus Chair
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